Crazy Culinary Union seeks to bar minors from UFC Boston


The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has for years failed in its attempts to unionize the Station group of hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. Station Casinos, frequently named to Fortune's 100 best Companies to Work For, is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who are also majority owners of the UFC.

Although the UFC has nothing to do with culinary workers, and indeed provides a vast amount of union work at arenas across the nation, and the world, it has become a target of the union.

Anti-UFC steps the union has taken include:
•Backed anti-MMA legislation in New York;
•Called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate UFC parent company Zuffa, which the union accused of using monopolistic tactics to thwart competition from other MMA promoters;
•Launched a website complaining that UFC President Dana White swears a lot;
•Launched an online petition calling on FOX to back away from a deal to broadcast UFC events;
•Demand Anheuser-Busch pull its Bud Light sponsorship of the UFC;
•Supported wacky MMA legislation in California;
•Demanded the Marine Corps cut ties with the UFC;
•Demanded that OTM cut ties with the UFC; and
•Asked FOX to remove UFC lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Abel Trujillo from their UFC on FOX 5 fight for having a record.
•Petitioned Toys"R"Us CEO Gerald Storch to pull all UFC related toys from the company's stores.

Where organized labor once lifted millions of exploited workers into the middle class, the Culinary Union is now spending member dues to accuse Dana White of swearing. And the union has no issue what so ever with the UFC.

The logic behind the actions is difficult to fathom. The majority of steps taken thus far are comical. The main exception is supporting anti MMA efforts in New York, which hurts fans and fighters, the economy of New York state, and every employee at Madison Square Garden, a union shop.

And now the union is extending its anti-MMA effforts to trying to keep minors from UFC on FOX Sports 1 on Aug 17 in Boston.

As usual, the union creates a fictitious anti-MMA organization that purports to do good, while their real intention is to unionize a casino chain, where the workers don't want to unionize. The made up group this time is Parents Say No To UFC.

Boston City Council President Stephen J. Murphy sponsored a petition to ban kids under 18 from attending UFC, even with an adult, essentially trying to tar the UFC with an X rating.

Their statement reads:

"Cage fighting (also known as “ultimate fighting” or “mixed-martial arts”) is an extremely violent form of entertainment, in which athletes punch, kick, elbow and choke each other from inside cages and before live audiences.

"Cage fighters at the amateur and professional levels have competed in public stadiums and on television bearing Neo-Nazi messages in their tattoos or on their clothing.

"Extensive research has associated exposure to media violence with a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including aggressive and violent behavior, bullying, de-sensitization to violence, fear, and depression.

"Studies have found that repeatedly exposing children to violent media is a risk factor for increases in aggression later in life, even into adulthood.

"The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the leading promoter of professional cage fighting events worldwide, markets cage fighting to children through toys, video games, clothing and gym classes; and facilitates fighters' interactions with adolescents.

"UFC fighters have joked about rape or used foul and abusive language that is particularly demeaning to women. UFC fighters and company representatives have used homophobic slurs and other insults that are hurtful and offensive to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"Producers of alcohol products have sponsored professional cage fighting promoters, with logos of popular alcohol brands prominently featured at the center of cage fighting areas and at public press conferences.

"Therefore, children should not be permitted to attend live cage fighting events as spectators. We, the undersigned, demand that children under the age of 18 be prohibited from attending live amateur and professional cage fighting events in the City of Boston."

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CH site profile image  

8/3/13 7:19 AM by CH

please let me redeem myself

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8/3/13 7:13 AM by MMA Lives Here

I'm gonna go ahead and vote you down for poor taste

CH site profile image  

8/3/13 7:04 AM by CH

"Another thing , how much money did the culinary workers lose to the Boston bombings ? How much money did the culinary union donate ? "they donated the culinary weapon (pressure cooker) to allow such atrocity to happen

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8/3/13 6:47 AM by choadler

I'm from Boston. One thing for sure is that our politics here are more fucked up than anywhere else in the country. I expect nothing good will come from this.   Outside of the UFC's last Boston event (which blew), I have been unable to see live MMA in Boston proper for around 5-6 years. I have to say that I think this next card somewhat sucks, so I am not going to it either. At least there will be a J-Lau fight (but you 18-20 yr olds will have to watch from home!).   I don't think Boston is a very corrupt place, but they are a very liberal, left wing place. Lot of bad decisions get made here.

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8/3/13 3:59 AM by XIITT_JBASS

The Culinary Union are making themselves look like idiots here. They call the sport 'Cage Fighting' when the sport is Mixed Martial Arts. If you are going to slander a sport, at least get the name of it right first.    And are they the FCC or a union for people who work in hospitality/service industry? If I were a union member, I would be withdrawing my membership and asking for a refund for misappropriation of the funds I have given.  Outlandish? Sure. But not anything more outlandish than what the culinary union is attempting to do. 

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8/3/13 3:34 AM by mma interpreter

"The union"? So you've grouped every union everywhere into one? I can agree there are corrupt and shady unions, but it's most certainly not all of them. Keep drinking the Limbaugh/Hannity/Savage kool-aid, brother.

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8/3/13 12:00 AM by PeaceThroughStrength

Im going to assume the real life people you speak of are non union thugs.The difference in a "real life person" and union thugs is the power.The union wields a tremendous amount of power,politically and financially.A "real life person" doesn't have the same power.The union forces "real life people",workers,employees and weak politicians to bend to their will.The culinary union is a perfect example of union thugs over reaching,strong arming "real life people" to do what they want.

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8/2/13 11:22 PM by Chromium

For some reason I felt the urge to reply to this idiocy line-by-line just to get it out of my system.     By that logic, children should be banned from playing or watching sports of any kind in any way. Also videogames, television, and movies, to be consistent. Fabulous idea.

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8/2/13 11:21 PM by MMA Lives Here

Ding ding ding!Nah I'm just hungover and feel like arguing with some motherfhakas. Culinary Union is a piece of a shit

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8/2/13 11:20 PM by MMA Lives Here

So the Boston City President is a Culinary Union member. Got itOr he was forced to support the petition, at gunpoint, or something